Friday, December 12, 2008

I hate exercise.

I think that bears repeating....I hate exercise. I can not motivate myself to do it. I hate the bittercold weather we've been getting here in the west central portion of Wisconsin. We average 8 inches a snowfall in all of December and we got that in a few days last week. I hibernate when the weather is like that. I don't want to go outside, I want to curl up in my bed with a book and some cocoa and settle in for winter. Breathing in the freezing air is SO!! not my favorite thing to do. I hate the (literal) pain my neck when I breathe too heavily (which no one but me seems concerned about). I miss riding my bike with 80 pounds of toddlers in the trailer. I miss the cool but not cold days of fall.

So, that weight loss thing I was doing over at Diet Cake? Yea, I gained a pound and a half. woohoo for me. Tis the season for giving, right? I just gave myself more weight to lose. I wasn't particularily careful about my eating until yesterday and I haven't exercised at all...unless you count chasing and lifting two toddlers and a 6 & 7 year old.

Here's my goal for this coming week: eat more carefully. Think about portion sizes. Spend 5 minutes a day (start small!) at least 3 times this week on the gazelle that's collecting dust in the basement.

So, this portion size thing. It's tricky. I don't know by sight what 4 oz of chicken is or even what a serving size should be of some things that I make. So, that's what I'll be working on this week. I know that measuring cups are super helpful. And knowing that a serving size of goldfish is 54 fish and that is equal to about 2/3 cup instead of counting out 54 fish everytime I have them is helpful. I have trail mix here, that serving is 3 tbsp. So, I get out the measuring spoon and put in a small bowl. And another for TJ to have, too. I have fruit and veggies in the house and don't measure those servings. But, if I'm having my 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, I only have half a pear and let TJ eat the rest. I measure my milk and cereal. I am more contious of reading labels. I've been pretty good about avoiding HFCS and aiming for more fiber (though I usually miss the mark on that one...I'm not too fond of salads without plenty of dressing.

And I really need to write down what's going in my mouth. I didn't realize that my 16 oz mug of hot cocoa is 300 calories and I have at least 3 of those a day. That's almost half of my calories for a day in just those 3 drinks.


  1. Hi Jess~ Don't beat yourself up! My advice is to just keep doing what you are doing (reading labels) that is what helped me the most, and keeping the journal! :) And you don't have to give up anything you's just about finding something else healthy to eat if you want that piece of cake (just make it smaller than you normally would have)! I didn't deprive myself of anything. If I wanted m&ms I just had a handful and then had an apple or something healthy. Also drinking LOTS of water helped me too! As for hot cocoa which is also one of my favorites, I would buy the diet packets of cocoa and mix one of those (which only have 30 calories) with a regular packet to make it less calories. Also sugar free foods are usually lower in calories than fat free....and the sugar free stuff actually doesn't taste too bad! Let me know if you want anymore pointers! :) Hope this helps you!
    Hugs~ Kim

  2. Gald I'm not the only one I know with a Gazelle just collecting dust...but at least you can get to yours...mine is in the garage on a wall behind a bunch of boxes :)


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